Calendar Highlights: Feb. 2, 2010

'Wild Child' book coverBoyle visits the Hilltop: Friends of the SMU Libraries welcomes author T.C. Boyle (Wild Child and Other Stories, The Road to Wellville) for a lecture and book signing Feb. 8 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. The event begins with a light buffet at 11:30 a.m., with the lecture to start at noon, followed by the signing. The event is free, but space is limited – please make reservations by calling 214-768-3225 or e-mailing Cynthia Ruppi.

Perkins Interdisciplinary Dialogue: The impact of the Spanish Inquisition in the Western hemisphere is the subject of “Inquisitorial Justice and Racial Relations in the New World,” moderated by SMU Professors Jessica Boon, Church History, Perkins School of Theology; and Amy Buono, Art History, Meadows School of the Arts; Feb. 10 in the Protho Hall Refectory, Room 104. Light dinner at 6:30 p.m., discussion 7-8:30 p.m. Presented by the Perkins School’s Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions with funds from the Luce Foundation. To register, e-mail Rachel Lamb.

Library of Congress Jefferson CollectionA presidential collection: In 1815, Congress purchased Thomas Jefferson’s personal library – then the largest private book collection available in North America – to replace the congressional library destroyed when the British burned the U.S. Capitol the previous year. Jefferson’s collection (right) served as the core of the Library of Congress until catastrophic fire again struck the Capitol on Christmas Eve 1851, destroying two-thirds of his original collection. Mark Dimunation, chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress, discusses the reconstruction of this landmark collection and the fresh insight it provides into the mind of Thomas Jefferson and the world of the Enlightenment in “Forged in Fire: The Jefferson Collection at the Library of CongressFeb. 11 in the Great Hall, Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall. Reception at 6:30 p.m., lecture at 7 p.m. Sponsored by SMU’s Bridwell Library, DeGolyer Library, Friends of the SMU Libraries/Colophon, and the Book Club of Texas. RSVP online or call 214-768-3483.